27 AUG 1999 General News

Men 5000m Final

Gold MedallistHISSOU, Salah (MAR)
"I had no worries about this race because I was confident of my finishing kick. I was certain of victory and I hoped to prevent the Kenyans from winning again. I was in superb form tonight and I'm glad that I ran the 5,000m rather than the 10k. My kick was decisive. However, I didn't have to rely on this burst as I had already been increasing the pace before I made my final attack".
Silver Medallist - LIMO, Benjamin (KEN)
"I didn't think of having any chance to get a medal until 600 meters before the finish line. I know I have an excellent sprint, I have proven that in cross country races and for exampe in Monaco (IAAF GL). Tonight I had to struggle a little bit because the others were increasing the pace too early for me, but I was able to recover and draw myself back to them (Hissou, Lahlafi and Mourhit). I am very satisfied with the time and the silver. I know Hissou is too strong for me, oh yes!"
Bronze Medallist - MOURHIT, Mohammed (BEL)
"The start of the race was normal and I intended just to run in the main pack of runners. In the last 400 metres I knew I would secure a medal but I couldn't run as fast as I would like as I had a problem with one of my calf muscles. I hope to improve next year but as yet I still have concerns about the financial support which allows me to train. This medal is for Belgium but I still have a little bit of Morocco in my heart."
Medalla de oro - HISSOU, Salah (MAR)
"No me preocupaba esta carrera porque confiaba en mi fuerza final. Estaba seguro de la victoria y confiaba en impedir que los kenyatas ganaran otra vez. Estaba en una forma magnifica esta noche y me alegro de haber corrido los 5000 en lugar de los 10000. Mi tiron fue decisivo. Sin embargo, no necesite apoyarme en eso porque ya habia ido aumentando la velocidad antes de lanzar el ataque final."
Medalla de plata - LIMO, Benjamin (KEN)
"No pense que tuviera ninguna posibilidad de medalla hasta 600 metros antes de la meta. Se que tengo un sprint excelente, lo he probado en carreras de cross y por ejemplo en Monaco (Liga de Oro). Esta noche tuve que luchar un poco porque los otros iban incrementando el paso demasiado pronto para mi, pero pude recobrarme y juntarme de nuevo con ellos (Hissou, Lahlafi y Mourhit). Estoy muy satisfecho de la marca y de la plata. Se que Hissou es demasiado fuerte para mi, oh, si."
Medalla de bronce - MOURHIT, Mohammed (BEL)
"La salida de la carrera fue normal y simplemente pretendia correr en el grupo de cabeza. En los ultimos 400 metros sabia que tenia una medalla segura pero no pude correr tan deprisa como me habria gustado porque tenia problemas con un gemelo. Espero mejorar el ano que viene pero aun estoy preocupado por la financiacion que me permita entrenar. Esta medalla es para Belgica pero aun tengo un poco de Marruecos en el corazon."
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